A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer is a trained community member appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children during a dependency case.

CASA of the 5th Judicial District is a non-profit organization covering Pope, Johnson and Franklin Counties. We are always looking for caring and professional-minded volunteers. CASA volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of educational and ethnic backgrounds. Prospective volunteers must be a least 21 years of age, undergo local, state, and federal background checks and are provided with initial in-depth training and on-going continued education.

Why are CASA volunteers needed?

* CASA volunteers provide a voice to make sure the child’s best interests are represented

* CASA volunteers help ensure vital and timely services are provided to the child

* The child has a consistent, caring person throughout the process with a CASA volunteer

* CASA’s help ensure the children do not “fall through the cracks” of the system

There is such a great need for CASA volunteers to advocate for children. As of December 2018, CASA of the 5th is serving 100 kids in foster care. CASA volunteers act as the “eyes and ears” of the judge. They provide the Court and interested parties with a report after carefully researching all aspects of the case and interviewing all involved parties to assist the Court in making the most sound and informed decisions possible.

CASA volunteers are people like you - teachers, business people, college students, homemakers, retirees and grandparents. CASA volunteers want to make certain the voices of abused and neglected children are heard. Please consider becoming an advocate for children in your community.

Our training classes are scheduled to begin January 14 and run 8 weeks. For more information about becoming a CASA volunteer or if you would like to donate to our organization, please contact CASA of the 5th Judicial at (479) 880-1195 or send e-mail to: Visit our website at:; or Facebook: CASA of the 5th Judicial District is a River Valley United Way Agency.

Genney Baker

Executive Director

CASA of the 5th Judicial District